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I am a multi-disciplinary agri-bioenergy-environmental modeller and inquiries are welcome discuss working with you as a co-author or research co-investigator.

I provide crop, energy and evironmental predictions predictions as part of a consortium as part of the UK Energy Research Centre Phase 4 program and on the NERC funded FAB-GGR project (bioenergy and carbon capture). I administer the development of the global MiscanFor model for bioenergy crop growth, environmental effects and energy production. I have modified the model to use at two spatial scales under climate scenarios, and extended the model from its previous version, with modified water restriction on growth, two alternate evapo-transpiration modules, development of a soil carbon sequestration-decomposition procedure, and enhanced visual output. 

I won an industrial fellowship, and have been working with a partner company and its growers to refine crop yield in commerical settings.

Previously, I was an agri-environmental modeller in sustainable grassland and nutrient cycling working at Rothamsted Research for 9.5 years, and previously to that I worked in Canadian agriculture to model water resources and drought occurrence. I use agri-systems models to provide future scenarios under different management systems or climate changes. 


Research Overview:


Research Fellow: Modeller of carbon cycling & bioenergy crops University of Aberdeen December 2017 – Present

Research Scientist: Agri-Environmental Systems Modeller Rothamsted Research March 2008 – August 2017 (9 years 6 months)

Research Scientist: University of Lethbridge September 2006 – December 2007 (1 year 4 months)


Climate Change Specialist: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development; Irrigation Branch May 2004 – September 2006 (2 years 5 months)

Researcher University of Lethbridge  September 2003 – May 2004 (9 months)

Post-Doc & Term Research Scientist

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada October 1999 – September 2003 (4 years)

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Research Output 2002 2019

Ensuring net-zero is a win-win for the climate and the environment

Beaumont, N., Armstrong, A., Agnolucci, P., Hastings, A., Holland, R., Day, B., Delafield, G., Eigenbrod, F., Taylor, G., Lovett, A., Shepherd, A. & Hooper, T., Dec 2019, Review of Energy Policy 2019. London: UKERC, p. 6-7 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther contribution

Open Access

Global Bioenergy Crop Growth Projections and Efficiencies

Shepherd, A., Mar 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

water use

Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st century

Shepherd, A., Hartman, M. D., Fitton, N., Horrocks, C. A., Dunn, R. M., Hastings, A. & Cardenas, L. M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 685, p. 428-441 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
twenty first century
1 Citation (Scopus)

Climate change and hydrology at the prairie margin: historic and prospective future flows of Canada's Red Deer and other Rocky Mountain river

Philipsen, L. J., Gill, K. M., Shepherd, A. & Rood, S. B., 15 Aug 2018, In : Hydrological Processes. 32, 17, p. 2669-2684 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
climate change
Open Access
soil organic matter

Activities 2017 2019

  • 2 Membership of research network
  • 1 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

University College London

Nichola Beaumont (Collaborator), Astley Francis St John Hastings (Collaborator), Anita Shepherd (Collaborator)
15 Oct 2019

Activity: External academic activitiesVisiting an external academic institution

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) (Journal)

Anita Shepherd (Peer Review)
Jul 2018Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

BC College of Applied Biology, Canada (External organisation)

Anita Shepherd (Member)
1 Dec 2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of research network

Royal Society of Biology (External organisation)

Anita Shepherd (Member)
1 Dec 2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of research network